[ zoh-an-thruh-pee ]
/ zoʊˈæn θrə pi /

noun Psychiatry.

a mental disorder in which one believes oneself to be an animal.

Nearby words

  1. zo-,
  2. zoa,
  3. zoacanthosis,
  4. zoaea,
  5. zoan,
  6. zoar,
  7. zoarium,
  8. zocor,
  9. zod.,
  10. zodiac

Origin of zoanthropy

1855–60; zo- + -anthropy < New Latin -anthrōpia < Greek; see anthropo-, -y3

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for zoanthropy



form of mania in which a man imagines himself to be another type of beast, 1856, from Modern Latin zoanthropia, from Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo) + anthropos "man" (see anthropo-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for zoanthropy


[ zō-ănthrə-pē ]


A delusion that one is an animal.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.